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I will be asleep by the time you get home, so please don’t make too much noise.

I will asleep by the time you get home, so please don’t make too much noise.*

What is the different between will and will be?

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    The second sentence doesn't work. you need to say either "I will be asleep", or perhaps "I will be sleeping".
    – Graham
    Nov 18, 2014 at 8:22
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    'will be" is the future tense of the auxilary verb "be".
    – Vic
    Nov 18, 2014 at 18:47

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asleep is an adjective, therefore you have to use the corresponding conjugated to be infront of it.

The same applies for these sentences:

I am afraid.

I was hungry. (note that "was" also is "to be" just in a past tense)

I have been thirsty. ("have" is not "to be" therefore "been" had to be inserted)

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"I will be asleep" vs "I will asleep"

The first sentence is grammatically correct, but the second is not.

"Asleep" is an adjective, which means sleeping/not awake. It needs an auxiliary verb before it in this sentence. The auxiliary verb "be" is there in the sentence, so it's correct.

"Asleep" is not a verb, so it's wrong to use it as a verb in the second sentence.

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